09-21-2015, 04:50 PM
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I placed a large soap order from TVB shaving and thought I'd throw in a TVB boar brush because I like the look of the handle and also asked a member about his thoughts on the brush.

I received my order a couple of days ago and the first thing that struck me was how great the handle is! It looks very nice and it has a non-slip material so it won't get slippery at all.

Like a lot of boars, it stunk really badly! I had to test lather about 5 times and left the lather sitting for about an hour each time.

After these test lathers, I thought I'd check how it goes and used it for today's shave. Well, I am super impressed with it! It has good backbone, tips are not at all broken-in but still comfortable and the splay is very good, although you need to push it on the face more than any Semogue boar.

Some say Zenith source Omega boar knots, which may be the case however, of the ~8 Omega's I've used, I can't say the TVB boar is exactly like an Omega.

I'm really looking forward to the tips splitting because it will be an awesome brush for sure and also, I won't have to re-load soap, which I always have to do with a new boar.

[Next on the list to order are the Omega Pro with red handle and the 10065 in blue handle. My usual boars are Semogue LE Cerda (3 of them) and the Semogue SOC...I've used just about every Semogue boar and like the Cerda the best by far (basically a 1305 with a shorter loft and more densely packed knot)]

For those that don't know, this is the TVB Brush being reviewed:
http://tvbshaving.com/TVB-Brush-Bristle

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 09-21-2015, 05:36 PM
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That's a cool Murdered Out handle Thumbup

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 09-21-2015, 06:43 PM
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Lovely handle and congratulations! Thumbsup

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 09-21-2015, 06:47 PM
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Can anyone confirm/deny Zenith uses Omega knots?

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 09-21-2015, 06:53 PM
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so far im not a huge fan of either the boar or the synthetic from zenith. they are decent but imo semouge makes a better boar and the synth i got from them is not nearly as soft as my others. is it great when you simply run it over your hand but when you swirl it on your face it is a bit scratchy and does not splay almost all. really like my badger though. its a great brush

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 09-21-2015, 06:54 PM
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Zenith makes their own knots. The knots are constructed a little differently from the Omegas. One difference is that the pro brushes tend to have a shorter effective loft compared to the Omegas.

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 09-21-2015, 09:03 PM
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Kind of reminds me of a Semogue for some reason.  Like my 1470.

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 09-21-2015, 09:32 PM
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(09-21-2015, 06:53 PM)mastershake Wrote: so far im not a huge fan of either the boar or the synthetic from zenith. they are decent but imo semouge makes a better boar and the synth i got from them is not nearly as soft as my others. is it great when you simply run it over your hand but when you swirl it on your face it is a bit scratchy and does not splay almost all. really like my badger though. its a great brush

After just 5 test lathers, the Zenith became soft enough to use for face lathering and it has good backbone and good splay too. I think it'll become a killer brush once the tips actually split. Semogue make awesome brushes but I was after a change of face-feel, as Semogues have their own unique face-feel, the Zenith and Omega have theirs. I don't like synths after trying a few personally.

(09-21-2015, 06:54 PM)jankdc Wrote: Zenith makes their own knots. The knots are constructed a little differently from the Omegas. One difference is that the pro brushes tend to have a shorter effective loft compared to the Omegas.

Good to know, thanks for the info! I had a feeling the knot feels different from Omegas. I'm really liking the Zenith knot.

(09-21-2015, 09:03 PM)RAZRman Wrote: Kind of reminds me of a Semogue for some reason.  Like my 1470.

From my memory, the 1470 didn't have as strong backbone and the splay was much greater, even when new. I think this is a common feature of Semogue VS other makers.

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 09-21-2015, 09:39 PM
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note they are def not a bad brush just not my top choice...

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 09-22-2015, 05:15 AM
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Zenith Boar Brush is wonderful one of my favorites. I recently acquired one and its the pro model with the Aluminum handle. I think the bristle is quite excellent.

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 09-22-2015, 10:16 AM
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(09-22-2015, 05:15 AM)Balj86 Wrote: Zenith Boar Brush is wonderful one of my favorites. I recently acquired one and its the pro model with the Aluminum handle. I think the bristle is quite excellent.

How does the aluminum handle pro feel?

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 09-22-2015, 10:24 AM
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(09-22-2015, 10:16 AM)RAZRman Wrote:
(09-22-2015, 05:15 AM)Balj86 Wrote: Zenith Boar Brush is wonderful one of my favorites. I recently acquired one and its the pro model with the Aluminum handle. I think the bristle is quite excellent.

How does the aluminum handle pro feel?

Pretty solid.

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 09-22-2015, 11:11 AM
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How would you say the bristles compare to an Omega 49?  Just a little more density with the backbone that would naturally come from more hair, and that could be the perfect brush.

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 09-22-2015, 07:17 PM
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imo they are better than the omegas i have (the italian handle one and the 49 i think is the model number)

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 09-23-2015, 04:51 AM
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(09-22-2015, 11:11 AM)RAZRman Wrote: How would you say the bristles compare to an Omega 49?  Just a little more density with the backbone that would naturally come from more hair, and that could be the perfect brush.

(09-22-2015, 07:17 PM)mastershake Wrote: imo they are better than the omegas i have (the italian handle one and the 49 i think is the model number)

I agree, the bristle quality seems a tad higher when comparing it to the Omega Pros. The boar brush I have is a 26mm knot. I do think they could have made it a mm or two bigger but still does a wonderful job if you like to face lather.

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 09-27-2015, 03:11 PM
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After a few uses, this brush has turned out to be awesome!

The knot now holds just enough lather just shy for a full shave, but this will take more break in.

The lather it generates is very protective and not too thick (like the Semogue SOC) so I get a close and comfortable shave.

I'm very impressed. I think I'll get a Zenith Pro to try out too!

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 09-27-2015, 03:27 PM
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After a few uses, this brush has turned out to be awesome!

The knot now holds just enough lather just shy for a full shave, but this will take more break in.

The lather it generates is very protective and not too thick (like the Semogue SOC) so I get a close and comfortable shave.

I'm very impressed. I think I'll get a Zenith Pro to try out too!

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